Time Management

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1. Time Management Janie Irwin Computer Science and Engineering Electrical Engineering

3. Schedule of Your “Typical” Day ___ - 8am 8 - 9 9 - 10 10 - 11 11 - 12 12 - 1 1 - 2 2 - 3 3 - 4 4 - 5 5 - 6 6 - 7 7 – 8 8pm - ___ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

4. Schedule of mji’s “Typical” Day ___ - 8am 8 - 9 9 - 10 10 - 11 11 - 12 12 - 1 1 - 2 2 - 3 3 - 4 4 - 5 5 - 6 6 - 7 7 – 8 8pm - ___ Breakfast out with husband (he was leaving town for the week) Ditto Answered email (didn’t finish); Worked on these slides Made reminder notes from weekend Cohort workshop (I was co-chair) Worked on response to NSF PD about Advance proposal (?grant?) Lunch out with IST faculty (I usually “eat” lunch over my keyboard) Finish lunch; Met with PhD student Met with faculty colleague; Answered more email (didn’t finish) Finished these slides; Completed & filed 2 travel reimbursements Rushed home to let the dog out & change clothes for the CFW Banquet Attended the CFW Banquet Ditto Ditto Ditto; Got home around 9pm; Answered more email (didn’t finish); slept (too much burning candle at both ends)

5. 10 Tips for Time Management in an Academic Setting

6. #1: Long/Short Term Goals

7. My Goals Long term Short term

8. My Goals Long term Short term

9. #2: Have a Schedule (Week, Day) Make it realistic Learn how long things take Avoid fragmented time Back appointments up to one another Schedule big blocks of "thinking time” Schedule "synergistic" tasks together Know when something is good enough Keep track of deadlines Know if demand driven (crisis mode, just-in-time engineering) works for you Put your life in there somewhere Family Professional development Exercise

10. #3: Prioritize (from Goals/Schedule) Make a to-do list with deadlines and prioritize from it Must do, should do, not that important Block of time required to complete Every morning write down the five most important things to accomplish that day. Whatever else you do, get those five things done.

11. #4: Stay Focused Know when you work most efficiently – don't squander that time, don’t get distracted When "on a roll", keep the momentum going even at the expense of other things Conversely, when a task seems like a grind, push a little, but then switch to something more productive

12. #5: Find a Place to Hide You need a place where you can work undisturbed and it may not be your office Home office, cubby hole in the library In real crisis mode and in hiding place intentionally ignore everything else (including email) Office door open or closed?

13. #6: Learn to Say “No” Be selective! Evaluate each request in terms of your goals and your schedule What you decide to do, do really well Be clear up front about the scope of the job and the level of commitment you can bring Use the opportunity as a chance to let go of something else Work with people who are good at getting things done, it does rub off Do what I say not what I do. Saying “no” is a skill I have never really masteredDo what I say not what I do. Saying “no” is a skill I have never really mastered

14. #7: Be Organized Disorganization wastes time – but its not genetic! Find your worst time sinks and fix them (looking for your keys? cell phone? car?) Have a spot (or stack) in your office for each major “item” on your schedule and file promptly

15. #8: Delegate You don’t have to do everything yourself (in your professional life or in your personal life) Students Staff Colleagues (but don’t be a user) Partner/Kids

16. #9: Trade Time for Money Hire someone to do the things you don’t like to do (and don’t have to personally do) Another form of delegating Value your time, avoid letting yourself be exploited Up to $x an hour buy time, over $x an hour sell time

17. #10: Beware of email Email can be a huge time sink Turn off the audio notification Restrict your reading to certain (less productive?) times of the day Be organized in email – keep folders Respond immediately, if possible, and file – don’t keep rereading the same email Don’t conduct confrontational discussions over email if possible. If not, craft email and let it age 24 hours before sending it out.

18. Making it Work with Family Accept that parenting takes time Figure out which things can "give" - no need for perfection! Focus on the important things Get great daycare Share responsibility around the house Foster partner’s and kids' independence in daily tasks Maintain a sense of humor Remember your time becomes yours again as your kids get older – balance is regained!

19. Wrap Up It’s not simply a matter of hanging in there until you have tenure … Time management is a skill that you’ll need to cultivate throughout your entire career Try to maintain some balance and to love your job

20. Credits CRA-Women (especially Jan Cuny, Fran Berman, Leah Jamieson) http://cra.org/Activities/craw/ Career Mentoring Workshops

21. Schwarzkopf’s Principles Have clear goals that you can articulate clearly Have an agenda Every morning write down the five most important things to accomplish that day. Whatever else you do, get those five things done. Insist that people who report to you operate the same way. Let people know where they stand The grades you give people must reflect reality What’s broken, fix now. Don’t put it off. Problems that aren’t dealt with lead to other problems. Besides, something else will break and need fixing tomorrow. When in charge, take command Don’t put off decisions indefinitely; may have to make decisions without adequate information. Decide, monitor results, change course if necessary. Set high standards – expect a lot (from yourself and others) Lay the concept out, but let your people execute it Have the right people in place and allow them to own their work People come to work to succeed. Remember that. Never lie, ever

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